Jeff is the founder of Human Asset Management LLC, which helps organizations to recruit, engage, develop and retain talent. He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and a frequent speaker on the topic of loyalty, employee retention, recruitment and culture building. He is an avid high school wrestling fan, CrossFit participant and US Army veteran. Jeff is the author of Give Your Employees C.R.A.P...and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention and Welcome to Dodge…Tales from the Frontiers of Business.
Jessica Stockel started Cre8ive Solutions, LLC in Bend, Oregon to fill a growing need within the community for small businesses needing help with all aspects of marketing their business, but that weren't in a position to hire marketing staff. After coming off of a multi-award winning marketing campaign in Sitka, Alaska, she moved to Bend 3 years ago looking for small businesses to work with. She now serves as a consultant, and instead of specializing in one specific marketing concentration, has helped businesses recognize what can be improved in their organization from re-branding to public relations and website creation to social media.
Bud Torcom is the CEO and co-founder of Mazama Media, a digital marketing agency that offers high-quality social and digital media solutions for businesses. Mazama Media focuses on the individual needs and personalities of clients to create unique and engaging social media content, and the company is part of the prestigious Facebook Small Business Council. In addition, Bud is a member of the Forbes Agency Council, which has recognized him as an industry leader among advertising and media strategy firms.
Joel W. Meskin, Esq., is the Managing Director of Community Association Products at McGowan Program Administrators, one of The McGowan Companies. Prior to becoming Managing Director, he was Vice President of Community Association Insurance and Risk Management beginning in January, 2005. McGowan Program Administrators is a nationwide provider of Community Association and Community Association Manager Insurance Products and Risk Management services. From 2001 through 2004, he was Senior Vice President of Ian H. Graham Insurance, an Aon Company. He first became a licensed insurance professional in 1981. He is an attorney who spent 15 years as an attorney specializing in insurance coverage and related insurance and business litigation.
He obtained the designation of a Community Insurance & Risk Management Specialist (“CIRMS”) conferred by the Community Associations Institute and is a member of the CAI’s Insurance Networking committee. He was admitted as a Fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”). He is a founding Member of the Foundation for Community Association Research Think Tank. He is also currently on the National Community Association Institute Business Partners Council holding the Insurance Professional position.
Meskin has been intimately involved with the community association industry for many years, insuring over 80,000 community associations nationwide, involved in producing insurance policy products and is engaged in risk management. He lectures to organizations and associations nationwide. These lectures include various community association insurance topics, directors and officers liability insurance, community association fraud, community association claims, community and property manager claims, association risk management and cyber liability/data breach. He is the author of the numerous articles and papers published in various periodicals and is the host of two LinkedIn Discussion groups: “Community Association Directors & Officers Liability – Are You Properly Covered?” and “Community Association Management Company Liability – Protecting Your Risk.”
Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Her research is devoted to urban design and the relationship between the built environment and social equity. Her books include: New Urbanism and American Planning, Design for Diversity, Urban Design Reclaimed, City Rules, and Retrofitting Sprawl: Addressing 70 Years of Failed Urban Form. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014-15), and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Her next book, to be published in 2018 by Oxford University Press, is called Neighborhood. She has a PhD in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Emily's website: http://urbanism.uchicago.edu/
Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational. Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Master and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Eisenberg is the Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC, an economic consultancy that serves a variety of clients across the United States. He writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70 word commentary on the economy that is available at www.econ70.com.
Dr. Eisenberg has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, often as keynote speaker on topics including: economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as homebuilding and tourism, consequences of government regulation, strategic business development and other current economic issues. Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications. He is a regularly featured guest on cable news programs, talk and public radio.
Dr. Eisenberg was formerly a Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. He is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments), the author of more than ninety-five articles, serves on the Expert Advisory Board of Mortgage Market Guide and is a regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, hedge funds and investment advisory groups.
Elliot’s interests include keeping the rate of restoration of his 65-year-old house ahead of its rate of deterioration and doting on his daughter. He loves ice hockey and talking economics with crowds large and small!
Preston Callicott is CEO of Five Talent, a company based in Oregon since 2004, which ideates, creates and deploys amazing applications for clients throughout the United States. After business development and management roles at HP, AMD and PWC, he found his love for startups, and was part of the founding executive teams for quite a few in Silicon Valley. Preston's a renaissance man with a broad knowledge of management, business development and technology. His superpower is translating business needs into real-world solutions and is the "go-to" guy to get things done. Preston devotes a great deal of energy into civic initiatives focused on innovation, education and economic development.
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